General Physics Colloquium, Dr. Maxim Perelstein, Cornell University. Refreshments at 3:30 pm.
Title: What Can We Learn from the Higgs?
Abstract: After decades of intense search, the Higgs boson has finally been discovered by the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. In this talk, I will discuss the theoretical framework behind the Higgs boson, the Standard Model of particle physics, and briefly describe the experiments that led to this historic discovery. I will then turn attention to the future program of precision measurements of the Higgs boson properties, which will be performed in the coming years. I will describe how these measurements will help shed light on two of the deep questions surrounding the Higgs: naturalness of electroweak symmetry breaking, and dynamics of the electroweak phase transition in the early Universe.